Pilgrimage is one of the fundamental structures a journey can take — the quest in search of something, if only one's own transformation, the journey toward a goal. – Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking.
In Ireland, pilgrimage continues to play an important role in the emotional and spiritual lives of thousands of individuals and in the social life of communities. This exhibition, based on the research of Dr Richard Scriven at the Department of Geography, explores the pilgrimage tradition and how it is manifest in contemporary Ireland.
As a piece of geographical research, it focuses on the relationships between people and place. Using text and images, it considers how through performing pilgrimage, people are making holy places and how the locations are, simultaneously, defining people as pilgrims.
The exhibition features quotations from research participants who shared their experiences through interviews. In line with the ethical agreement of the research, only first names are used, and some are pseudonyms. All photographs were taken by the researcher.
The exhibition has been organised by Dr Richard Scriven and sponsored by the Irish Research Council, UCC Library and the Department of Geography at UCC.
The exhibition continues at the Boole Library, UCC until 15 September 2017.
Last updated: 06 April 2017